|About the Book|
Deepinder (Dipy) Singh Gehlot is a private detective in Mumbai who handles the strangest cases, and discusses them with me over our favourite food - tandoori chicken and beer.The first time we met, he told me about his encountering a vampire in aMoreDeepinder (Dipy) Singh Gehlot is a private detective in Mumbai who handles the strangest cases, and discusses them with me over our favourite food - tandoori chicken and beer.The first time we met, he told me about his encountering a vampire in a blood bank. After that we worked together - (well, he worked, but we were together...at times) on many more interesting cases - tantric curses, hypnotic godmen, uncatchable thieves etc.Not a Sherlock, but rather a Sher-da-baccha - Not a Hercule, but a Hair-fall - Not a Feluda, but a falooda eater - Ladies and gentlemen - check out Indias latest private dick - Dipy!The genesis of this character happened when I was thinking about great detective characters, and how come we dont have really iconic characters in India. Thats when I decided to create one myself, and try my hand at detective storiesYou can read a detailed account of this thinking on my blog at https://ketanj.blogspot.com/view/flipc...The first challenge was the character – what would be a good name and character? Just when I was thinking of this, a mail from a headhunter popped into my inbox. It was an old Bajaj alumni who signed himself as ‘Dipy’ singh. Just then, my boss came to introduce one serd to me, who had just joined as the head of sales.‘Meet Mr mumblety mumble Singh’ He said.‘Eh?’The serd grinned toothily and said ‘Oh, you can call me Dipy’Two Dipys in 2 minutes – has to be a sign. Dipy it is. So I called my detective Dipy singh. It is not possible for a detective character to be a bearded and pug serd, so I converted him into a cut serd, and balding too, just because I felt like it.I made him into a tandoori chicken and cold beer fan, because I am one, and it was fun to write about people eating tandoori and drinking cold beer. Yum yum, I am salivating just thinking about it. Also, it sounds like a very serd thing to do. A teetotaller veggie serd would be a really sad and depressing thing. Now if you eat and drink like this, you will be a bit plump and dumpy – but not too much.Next you need a dumb narrator – and who could be dumber than me? So I made myself the second character – a fat slob writer who is Dipys drinking partner.I was very clear that I don’t want to investigate some normal murder and suspense stuff – it should be something weird and supernatural, but can be investigated logically by a detective.I had just been to a blood bank for some reason, and it struck me that this would be an ideal place for a vampire – ready-made blood. But how would an Indian vampire be different from a phoren one? And how would a detective catch him? All this thinking went into the first Dipy story, which you can read here.https://www.ketanjoshi.net/Fiction05.htmlBut after that, I thought that Vampires are too much of a western idea – not indian enough. So I tried to think of specifically indian situations and mystery ideas that could be from there. I wrote a story about Tantric curses, one about a godman, etc. As I wrote, I tried to make it Indian as far as possible, and unlike a normal detective story. The character and story frequently twisted in my hands, and ended up on paper quite different from what I had jotted down in my starting notes. Oh well, Thats the real fun of writing – when a story creates itself and dances on to the page.